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Under the Cloud: The Decades of Nuclear Testing Paperback – July 1, 1999


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  • Paperback: 548 pages
  • Publisher: Two Sixty Press (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881043053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881043058
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1950s and 1960s, over 100 aboveground atomic bombs were exploded in the Nevada desert. Miller gives us absolutely arresting accounts of most of them. He describes the goals, the explosion, and the yield, and includes fascinating details, many times from contemporary accounts by news reporters, bomb droppers, and others. Miller saves most of the detail, interestingly given, for descriptions of the paths of the nuclear clouds and the locations and character of the fallout all over the country. He deals extensively with coverups relating to fallout effects on humans and animals. Supplementing his dramatic chronicles are appendixes and maps that summarize the tracks of selected bomb clouds, with listings of the communities affected by each test. This in-depth and readable history of atomic testing in the United States is highly recommended. Daniel LaRossa, Connetquot P.L., Bohemia, N.Y.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"The greatest virtue of Under The Cloud is that it makes nuclear weapons tests personal events, impossible to forget by those who participated in them and forgotten only with difficulty by those who come to understand that all of us have been unwilling and unwitting participants."-Gerald E. Marsh -- Office of Arms Control and Defense Sciences at Argonne National Laboratory and co-author of Born Secret: The H-Bomb, the Progressive Case and National Security

Richard Miller's account of United States and Soviet efforts to develop the bomb and the history of nuclear testing in the U.S. from the first bomb up to the abolishing of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1974 is outstanding." -- The Christian Science Monitor

Richmond Virginia Times-Dispatch: :"Drawing his material from government files, Miller gives a thorough and formal look at the key events and the little-known side effects of all that was taking place. . The material is enough to make the story as fascinating as it is chilling." -- Robert Merritt, Richmond VA Times-Dispatch

Why then should this book be published at this time? Perhaps it is part of the Soviet-sponsored campaign to stop all nuclear tests, similar to the "ban the bomb" propaganda of the early 1960s." -- Dixie Lee Ray, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ruthe Betti on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As one who has lived very close to this subject for nearly half a century, I find 'Under the Cloud' by R.L.Miller THE most exhaustive and comprehensive examination of our atmospheric nuclear testing program I have ever found. It's a facinating read, I've read it cover to cover, every single word, at least twice. The extensive fallout maps,the juxtaposing of 1950's social factors alongside the myriad of events (shots) provides the historian as well as the curious, with an insight not only to what we did,but why we did it. 'Under the Cloud' will make you feel like you're huddled in the trench 7000 yards from Ground Zero or having a cocktail in 'Doomtown' waiting for Apple II. If you only read one book on our Nuclear Testing Program, or can only have one book on this subject in your library,EVER, make sure it's 'Under the Cloud'. Order it now, but be advised,you're not going to put it down until the last page.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alberta May on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for people with little knowledge about nuclear phyiscs and the Cold war. Miller writes in a way that makes you feel apart of the action. He gives great insight into the lives of the scientists, civilians, political leaders, and armed forces during nuclear testing in the 1940's. If science is a hard subject for you to understand, this book will enlighten you mind and brighten your hopes in understanding the subject.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Gibson on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Richard Miller's "Under the Cloud" is probably a must-read for any of the late baby-boomers like myself who grew up during the Cold War but mostly after above-ground nuclear testing had ended. I was born in 1957 and for most of my life, the above-ground tests were a thing of the past and not really much discussed. But Miller's book reveals how I and most others of my age were probably victims of fallout to some degree. The book provides a very good sense of time relative to the major test series and documents much of the fallout movement and intensity. Miller's narrative style is easy to read but at times a just a wee bit melodramatic. It also gets confusing for the non-physicist as he tends to change units of measurement for radiation exposure constantly - in one test the exposure is in rads, then it's in roentgens, then it's in millicuries - and most of us don't know the relationship. But these criticisms are quibbles with what is for the most part an outstanding book and a very revealing look at something the government wouldn't want you to know. Along with Richard Rhodes' books on the nuclear program, this is a first-rate volume.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S MEREDITH on May 24, 2006
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I remember in the 50's and 60's being taught to get under my desk in case of a nuclear blast and to stay inside in case of nuclear fallout. Naturally this would only come from Russia and even our small town in Wyoming had a fallout shelter, we thought this was great as our state had several ICBM silos. After reading this book I was once again educated on the perils of nuclear fallout, NOT ONLY WAS IT ALL OVER THE USA, IT WAS MEASURED BY OUR GOVERNMENT AND AT NO TIME WAS ANYONE WARNED TO STAY INSIDE OR TAKE ANY PRECAUTIONS REGUARDING, FOOD, WATER OR LIVESTOCK. This is a crime against humanity and the fallout is still with us in the extremely high cancer rates that follow the fallout maps. The most incredible thing about this book is that it really happened and the American people were and still are totally uninformed. How many RADS were you exposed to? Check it out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred Joy on January 18, 2007
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Excellent and thorough account of the nuclear testing era in America, the South Pacific and the Soviet Union. The book's focus is the open air testing in Nevada, and details of those tests and fallout trails in the 50s and 60s. The book is written in a style that makes it fascinating, not bogged down with complex scientific jargon. It sidesteps to describe what was going on in American culture at the time, in the cities that were virtually unaware they were downwind of deadly exposure. Author explains how it all occurred, why, and the tragic legacy it has left.

Highly recommended for anyone. Should be of interest to all since as the book so accuruately reveals, we were all downwinders.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2007
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Have read it cover to cover a few times. This is a book that should be read in schools. A shocking and mostly untold portion of American history. To read about the extent of continental US Nuclear testing and the often covered up dangers (By the AEC) is a real eye opener. Many of the stories are told from the perspective of eye witnesses and include other bits of timely and relevant history that help to capture the moment. Pages of diagrams detailing the fallout patterns of many tests show that fallout was often scattered across the entire country (instead of just endangering the NTS area). A "must read" for anyone with an open mind towards real facts and American History.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MedPig on October 12, 2008
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I'm too young to have ever seen a nuclear test, but wish I could have. The book covers all the things the US did with nuke test, and where the fallout traveled. John Wayne filmed the movie "The Conqueror" in Monument Valley, in part because the dust swirled dramatically when horse thundered through. Problem is, the dust was radioactive. Everyone connected to the movie died of cancer. Various chapters cover nuclear accidents, and their outcomes. GREAT book, be you for or against nuclear weaponry, you'll find a lot of information in here...
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